Filling the Gaps in Chemical Data
State studies reveal the true extent of toxics
Our nation’s ineffective chemical policy has perpetuated major gaps in our knowledge of toxic chemicals, including when, where and how much we are exposed. New studies are revealing the pervasiveness of toxins in everyday products, how they build up in our bodies, and what we can do to increase our knowledge and safety.
Manufacturers are not required by federal law to test products before they appear on store shelves. State initiatives are taking the blinders off, testing products to reveal widespread use of toxics. Studies include:
Most Americans spend the vast majority of their time indoors. For that reason, our homes, schools and workplace environments can be significant sources of chemical exposure. State studies reveal the extent of chemicals in our everyday environments.
- Chemicals in the nursery
- Toxics in the workplace
One key piece of the puzzle in understanding the link between toxic chemicals and health is to understand how much we are exposed. State initiatives are helping complete the puzzle with studies that investigate the burden of chemicals in our bodies.
- Health care workers
- Pollution in people
Disclosure and Labeling
State laws that require manufacturers to disclose chemical use and to label products have begun to answer questions about the breadth of toxic use and exposure.